Made in U.S.A. (1987)

R  |   |  Drama  |  30 November 1988 (USA)
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Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marji Martin ...
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Tiny Wells ...
Pa Frazier
Frank Beddor ...
Marie Antoinette Bresadola ...
Mark Carlton ...
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Lionel Croll ...
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Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and are joined by a wild young woman. Written by Rob Hartill

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During production, director Ken Friedman and Hemdale's chairman John Daly suffered a major falling out over the way the film should be edited. Determined to have the film shown as he intended, Friedman showed the film uncut at Cannes in 1987. Daly threatened to have him arrested if he'd have shown his cut publically again. During the fall-out, New Line Cinema made an attempt to buy the film, but the deal fell apart. The Daly-approved cut was shelved for one year and a half, before finally dribbling out on VHS in November 1988. Friedman's cut of the film never surfaced. See more »


The Ballad of the Little Man
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Copyright 1986 Bibo Music/The Welk Music Group
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Classic American road film...
22 January 1999 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Tuck & Dar, on the edge of unemployment and poverty in a mining disaster town (Centralia, PA) hit the road, pick up Lori Singer on the way, get scalped in New Mexico, and lament the various environmental catastrophes on the way to the West Coast. The film features a superb soundtrack by Sonic Youth, World Party, and Timbuk 3. The film is replete with a type of post-industrial pessimism found in many relics of its era. Excellent moody cinematography and disturbed characters make it worth a watch.

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